Am I wasting my freedom to write? | A challenge from “The Storyteller” by Jodi Picoult

Jodi Picoult’s “The Storyteller” is a hefty hardback boasting well over 450 pages. I picked it up primarily because it centers on a 20-something woman named Sage who forms an unlikely bond with a 90-something man named Josef.

The story promised to strum every heart string I have as a reader: contemporary fiction, intergenerational friendship, a life story revealed, a younger person all the wiser because of it. Yes, please!

But about 100 pages in, I realized this book was going to take me to places I had not anticipated. “The Storyteller” proved to be a challenge that sliced right to my writing soul.

Turns out, there’s a third character to this story who encompasses a large swath of those 450 pages: Sage’s grandmother, Mika, a Holocaust survivor. Continue reading “Am I wasting my freedom to write? | A challenge from “The Storyteller” by Jodi Picoult”

To the older women who helped shape me

My life is an accumulation. A fruitful gleaning of wisdom from all of you who have gone before.

You are the older women who helped shape me.

You noticed a young, fumbling woman and said, “Walk with me.”

You may not have used actual words, but your actions said exactly that: “Walk with me.”

Patiently you taught me to work, to “adult,” to worship, to persevere, to learn, to believe. To forgive. To let go. To hold my head high in the confidence of my true identity.

You helped shape the woman I am today, and you laid the groundwork for the woman I’ll be tomorrow. Continue reading “To the older women who helped shape me”

10 ways to bridge the generation gap with another woman

The benefits of intergenerational relationships are many and great. Among the greatest of the great are a broader perspective, greater compassion, higher sensitivity to others’ needs as well as genuine f.u.n.

But a common question I hear from women who seek to form cross-generational bonds is HOW?

How do I connect with a woman of a different generation? Continue reading “10 ways to bridge the generation gap with another woman”

Barriers and Blessings of Biblical Discipleship: A Big Sister’s Perspective

Last week, my friend Annie McGuire hosted me on her blog, Daily His Disciple, where I shared the barriers and blessings of biblical discipleship from a younger woman’s perspective (read article here). What a joy to have Annie here on my blog this week sharing the big sister’s perspective! Continue reading “Barriers and Blessings of Biblical Discipleship: A Big Sister’s Perspective”

What younger women view as the barriers and blessings of biblical mentorship

There are times when the Lord truly knocks your socks off by bringing just the right person into your path at just the right time. A couple of months ago, He did just that by introducing me to Annie McGuire. She too has a heart for Titus 2 mentoring and has actively invested into the next generation for years. In fact, she wrote a Bible study titled “Invest,” which she previews on her blog, His Daily Disciple.

This week, I had the privilege of guest posting on His Daily Disciple about the barriers and blessings younger women encounter with spiritual mentorship. Continue reading “What younger women view as the barriers and blessings of biblical mentorship”